How to determine where the user document is stored in the back end of the WSS 3.0 or SharePoint 2007 ?

Hi People,

I'm a newbie in the SharePoint world and wondering where in the Share Point server can I see the setting where all of my users document in each Sites and Document Library are stored ?

is it on the SQL Server 2005 WSS_Content Database or is it in the SharePoint server C:\ drive (which path ?)

so that I can plan on which server to expand the hard drive to accommodate user data.

Thanks.
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
Does this link provide you the answer you are looking for?
http://sharepointsolutions.blogspot.com/2008/08/exactly-where-sharepoint-documents-are.html

FYI: It is highly discouraged to poke around in the SharePoint databases for details. You can too easily change something that breaks your SharePoint installation...(sorry, personal bad experience)
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Mohit NairSenior AssociateCommented:
All Sharepoint site content resides in WSS_Content database.  The database resides locally on the hard drive where SQL is installed. So would recommend you to keep enough space on that specific drive on SQL server. You can find the database location in SQL management studio  > Database Name > Right click > Properties.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Cool, so in this case the Sharepoint Central Administration site does not show or allow where the documents can be stored ?

so it is always stored in the SQL Server database.

yes I'll expand the SQL Server database LUN during the maintenance hours.
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Mohit NairSenior AssociateCommented:
Nope central admin wont show where the documents are stored. Go ahead and expand SQL server database residing drive.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Ok, so is this the right page to see which database stores all of the document contents as binary ?

Central Administration > Application Management > Content Databases > Manage Content Database Settings  

While the Central Admin console database will always be stored or hosted in SQL Express edition as stated in the following page:

Central Administration > Operations > Default Database Server  
Database Server: PRODSP3-VM\Microsoft##SSEE

is that correct ?
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
SQL Server will always store documents as binary.

The Central Admin console database is created during the installation process. I believe there is an option to either create the database locally or on a remote server. If it is locally and SQL Server is not installed, then SQL Express is used.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Shaun,

is it possible to migrate the builtin Central Admin console DB from the builtin SQL Server Express to the SQL Server Enterprise Edition to gain SharePoint overall response performance ?
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
I have not done so personally, but I have seen it done. Here is a Microsoft article detailing the instructions: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512725%28v=office.12%29.aspx.
Please note that the line "The new database server must use the same version of Windows Server and SQL Server as the old database server." is not correct. You can move the databases to a SQL Server using the same or higher version. It is preferable to use the same version (i.e. 2005 -> 2005).
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Ah I see, because the existing server is as follows:

Application Server
Windows Server 2003 Std 32 bit
SharePoint 2007
CA DB - SQL Server Express Edition --> I'd like to know if it is possible to move it to the SQL Server same with the WSS_Content DB.

Database Server
Windows Server 2003 Std 32 bit
SQL Server 2005 SP4
WSS_Content DataBase
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
You should be able to do that, but I cannot confirm as I've never performed that action myself.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Thanks !
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